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ICT Proficiency of Dental Students in Sri Lanka

Author(s): Jayantha Udaya Weerasinghe | Parakrama Wijekoon

Journal: Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics
ISSN 2012-6077

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 107;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: CT Proficiency | Dental Students | Sri Lanka

The Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya has been conducting formal introductory courses in ICT for undergraduates at their entry level. Although senior students do not get an opportunity for ICT education they will be required to perform tasks such as assignments, reports, referencing using ICT tools.Dental undergraduate students’ proficiency in ICT was tested on randomly selected groups from three senior batches. Total performance of all students tested showed that the MCQ score (53.4, SD 8.0) has exceeded the pass mark and practical test (44.0, SD 7.2) has recorded well below. Individual tests on the Practical components also showed that students were extremely weak in Excel (8.1, SD 2.2) and well below passmark in Word (16.9, SD 2.9) and Powerpoint (19.0, SD 5.3) tasks.This indicates that considering the basic nature of the questions in this ICT proficiency test, students have displayed a low level of skill in the practical component. However the total aggregate for the overall student performance (48.8, SD 5.4) has recorded just below the pass mark of 50%. These results reiterate the need for development of a formal supplementary training course in ICT for students in senior batches in the Faculty of Dental Sciences.
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